Although Shark Week wrapped up on Saturday, there was still some shark talk on the docks Monday.
“Some of the biggest shark I’ve ever seen (have shown up behind the boat this year)," Capt. Steve Regan of the Wahoo said.
He said they used to see 80 to 100 pounds sharks all the time, but the average size now is 300 to 500 pounds, Regan said.
Capt. Matt Behnken of the Cutting Edge agreed that the sharks are bigger.
“We caught two today,” Behnken said, that were each 6- to 7-feet long.
In addition to the shark, Behnken said they caught several amberine, mingo and white snapper.
Texas anglers on the Wahoo with Capt. Regan pulled in three king mackerel, several mingo and a few white snapper.
“Fishing was good and the bite was good … just dodging storms all day,” Regan said.
Texas anglers on the Anastasia with Capt. Tony Davis brought in their share of mingo on Monday, along with a blackfin tuna pulled in by Phil Crotts.
The group on the Destination with Capt. Stan Phillips hauled in a 25-plus-pound king mackerel along with several mingo, white snapper and a bigeye toro. This bigeye fish is brilliant red with huge eyes.
Kentucky and California anglers on the Shamrock II with Capt. Eddie Dykes filled the racks with king mackerel and a bonito. The deckhand said they caught the kings trolling live baits.
Capt. Mike Graef and his group from Indiana on the Huntress pulled in a dozen king mackerel, along with several mingo and a huge lane snapper in the 5- to 8-pound range.
Arkansas anglers on the Windwalker II with Capt. Bernie LeFebvre pulled in another cobia to go along with their mingo, king mackerel and big black snapper. The deckhand said when they first saw the cobia come up behind the boat the anglers thought it was a shark. A cobia, at first glance in the water, can look like a shark. But this one wasn’t, it was a 40-plus-pound cobia.
California and Illinois anglers on the Outta line with Capt. Trey Windes reeled in a pair of mahi mahi, several mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Kirk Reynolds on the Sea Fix and his anglers form Virginia, Texas and Alabama filled the nails with mingo and white snapper.
Capt. Jason Mikel on the Finest Kind and his group of anglers from around Tampa pulled in several mingo and white snapper. Capt. Mikel said they caught and released several amberjack and then did a little shark fishing.
Now on Wednesday, amberjack will not have to go back — if they measure 34 inches. The season for greater amberjack opens Aug. 1 with anglers allowed to keep one per person, but they must measure 34 inches.
Wednesday also marks the day for triggerfish to open back up. Again, its one fish per person and the triggerfish must be at least 15 inches to keep.
So if the fishing is already good, it should be getting even better with more fish to keep.
See you at the docks.